Top College Movies of All Time

The best thing about college movies are the images of freedom, unstoppable partying, sleepovers and ultimate battles they create about a world that is only known to those who put in the work and make the decision to go to college. Some of us know about Greek organizations and HBCU’s from some of these top college movies of all time

1. Drum Line (2002)~Wikipedia

Drumline is a 2002 American film directed by Charles Stone III. The story is about a young drummer from New York, played by Nick Cannon, who enters the fictional Atlanta A&T University and bumps heads with the leader of his new school’s drum section. Leonard Roberts, Zoe Saldana, and Orlando Jones co-star.

The film opened to highly positive reviews with most critics liking the energy and playing of the musical bands in the film. It was a success at the box office, earning over $56 million in the U.S., and almost $1.2 million in foreign markets. The sequel, an Original VH1 movie “Drumline A New Beat” is scheduled to debut this October.



2. School Daze (1988)~Wikipedia

School Daze is a 1988 American musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and starring Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin. Based in part on Spike Lee’s experiences at Atlant’s Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University, it is a story about fraternity and sorority members clashing with other students at a HBCU’s during homecoming weekend. It also touches upon issues of real and perceived racism related to skin tone bias and hair texture within the African-American community. 



3. Higher Learning(1995)~Wikipedia

Higher Learning is a 1995 American romantic crime drama film, directed by John Singleton. The film follows the changing lives of three incoming freshmen at the fictional Columbus University: Malik Williams (Omar Epps), a black track star who struggles with academics; Kristen Connor (Kristy Swanson), a shy and naive girl; and Remy (Michael Rapaport), a lonely and confused man seemingly out of place in his new environment.

The film also featured Tyra Banks’ first performance in a theatrical film. Laurence Fishburne  won an NAACP Image Award  for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture”; Ice Cube was also nominated for the award. The exterior shots and outdoor scenes were shot on the campus of UCLA, University of California, Los Angles


4. The Great Debaters(2007)~Wikipedia

The Great Debaters is a 2007 American biopic period drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington and produced by Oprah Winfrey and her production company, Harpo Production. It is based on an article written about the Wiley College Debate team by Tony Scherman for the 1997 Spring issue of American Legacy. 


5. Old School(2003) ~Wikipedia

Old School is a 2003 American comedy film. The story was written by Court Crandall, and the film was written by Phillips and Scot Armstrong . The film stars Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell as three depressed thirty-somethings who seek to re-live their college days by starting a fraternity, and the tribulations they encounter in doing so.


6. Social Network(2010)~Wikipedia

It stars Jess Eisenberg as founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, and Justin Timberlake as  Sean Parker, the other principals involved in the website’s creation. Neither Zuckerberg nor any other Facebook staff were involved with the project, although Saverin was a consultant for Mezrich’s book. The film was released in the United States by Columbia Pictures on October 1, 2010.

The film received widespread acclaim, with critics praising it for its screenplay, editing, score, acting and direction. However, some people, including Zuckerberg himself, criticized the film for what they said were its many inaccuracies.



7. 21(2008)~Wikipedia

The film is inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team as told in Bringing Down the House , the best-selling book by Ben Merich. Despite its largely mixed reviews and controversy over the film’s casting choices, 21 was a box office success, and was the number one film in the United States and Canada during its first and second weekends of release.


8.Stomp The Yard(2007)~Wikipedia

Directed by Sylvain White, Stomp the Yard centers around DJ Williams, a college student at a fictional HBCU who pledges to join a fictional Greek letter fraternity. The film’s central conflict involves DJ’s fraternity competing in various stepping competitions against a rival fraternity from the same school. The film was originally titled Steppin’, but to avoid confusion over the film Step Up, the title was changed.


9. Legally Blond(2001)~Wikipedia

The film stars Reese Witherspoon as a sorority girl who struggles to win back her ex-boyfriend by earning a law degree, along with Luke Wilson as a young attorney she meets during her studies. She shows how beauty and brains make it in the court room.


11. Accepted(2006)~Wikipedia

Accepted is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Steve Pink and written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, and Mark Perez. The plot follows a group of high school graduates who create their own fake college after being rejected from the colleges to which they applied. The story takes place in Wickliffe and a fictitious college town called Harmon in Ohio.


12. Love & Basketball(2000)~Wikipedia

 The film tells the story of Quincy McCall (Epps) and Monica Wright (Lathan), two next-door neighbors in LA who are pursuing their basketball careers before eventually falling for each other. Love and basketball at it’s best.



13. Pitch Perfect(2012)~Wikipedia

The musical comedy features an ensemble cast. The plot follows a college women’s a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals. The film is loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction book, titled Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. Hilarious!!


14. Water Boy(1998)~Wikipedia

The Water Boy was a talented football player who was a little slow. The movie was extremely profitable, earning $161.5 million in North America alone.





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